Workshops and Presentations
The education and training that Backswath provides is through an applied learning approach that includes resources such as workshops. Farmers and agribusiness leaders who want to advance their management skills are encouraged to attend these workshops.
Change is inevitable; managing change effectively is the key to successfully streamlining it into your business. Communication is important and it’s important to understand how you accept and adapt to change that will affect your farm or agribusiness.
Backswath presents the basics of managing change so you can understand why most people resist change. Learn about:
- The key elements of implementing successful change
- Tools and techniques for people engagement and adoption of change
- How to empower people to accept the change being presented/implemented
When managed effectively, conflict can present opportunities for growth and positive change. When not managed well, conflict can escalate and ultimately destroy relationships among family member or team members. Backswath’s Conflict Management workshops and presentations can be broad-based to encompass a formal conflict management plan for your business/family, or can be targeted to specific areas of concern or existing conflicts.
The financial management of a family farm business is a large portfolio of different, complementary activities. It also has responsibilities which require a unique understanding, and a specific management focus.
Understanding your financial situation and the importance of effective record-keeping & relationship-building with lenders are just a few areas covered in our Financial Management workshops and presentations.
Health & Wellness
Running a family farm or agribusiness is not your average 9-5 full-time job, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the responsibility, accountability, and work that needs to be done. Managing a successful farm means also taking the time to manage your health and wellness.
Backswath’s informative, interactive workshops and presentations will provide you with tools and knowledge you can apply to your daily life, including:
- Balancing activity & fitness, food & healthy eating, and mental wellbeing
- Prioritizing your health even when busy
- Achieving a work-life balance
Backswath Management Inc. has developed a comprehensive and phased approach to managing a growing business, or assisting with challenges a farm is facing. Sessions focus on: Recruiting and Hiring, Coaching and Building, and Advanced HR Management.
A strategic plan will benefit your farm or agribusiness over the long run as it is crucial when talking to lenders, business partners, and family members. Strategic thinking and planning provide a solid overview of what your farm is trying to accomplish, including production, operations, marketing, human resources, and financial management.
Backswath can provide a workshop or presentation on strategic planning, or we can educate you on how to use a strategic approach to farm and agribusiness success.
Stress management tools should be a part of your daily life. It’s important to act when you notice negative changes in your functioning, or how you treat yourself and others. When you become consumed by work, responsibilities, critical incidents, conflict, or a host of other life events, it can have a detrimental effect on your business and relationships.
Backswath’s workshops and presentations will help you learn how to manage stress through discipline and daily practice by teaching you how to tolerate and cope with stressful situations. Learn how to understand what you can control – such as your farm’s schedule, attitudes, and responses – when there are things you can’t control – such as weather, emergencies, and stock market fluctuations.
Succession and Transition Planning
Succession and transition planning aim to facilitate and accelerate sustainable transitioning though a participatory process of visioning, learning, and experimenting. Effective succession and transition planning involves looking ahead and planning for a viable and profitable future. Whether internal or external, it also helps prepare you for the successful sale or transfer of the farm business.
Combination Workshops and Presentations
We offer different options when it comes to the length and content of the workshops, including making it brief, a half day, full day, or 2-day sessions. The workshops are organized in terms of content as either introductory or advanced.